Travis Barker has broken his silence on surviving the deadly plane crash in 2008 and how he dealt with his long recovery in the aftermath. In his first television interview, the Blink-182 drummer opens up about the ordeal which is the focus of his new memoir.
The 39-year-old musician survived the deadly crash in September 2008 which saw his chartered plane crash during takeoff in Columbia, South Carolina, killing all on board except fellow survivor, DJ AM — Adam Goldstein — who died nearly a year later from an accidental drug overdose.
Travis Barkee has broken his silence in a newly published memoir, ‘Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums’ co-written with Rolling Stone editor Gavin Edwards and published by William Morrow on his long recovery from injuries including being burned over 65 percent of his body, a recovery which necessitated 27 surgeries.
Now in his first-ever television interview, he spoke out about the ordeal with ABC News’ Chris Connelly on ‘Good Morning America’ and throughout, he was fraught with emotion. He shared his recollection of the crash, saying, “The plane’s on fire and my hands are on fire, so I unbuckle my seat belt and I jump right into the jet, which holds all the fuel. I basically ignite my whole body on fire. I’m so soaked in jet fuel, there’s nothing I can do to put the fire out.”
He went on to say, “Then we realize, you know, we’re out of the plane and the plane explodes. “Then I stayed in burn centers for like the next four months.” He spoke of those months and of how he had considered suicide and was trying to get someone to take his life for him. He said, “I would call friends of mine and go, ‘I’ll deposit a million dollars into whoever’s bank account.”
Filled with emotion, and verging on tears, he spoke of his children — 12-year-old Landon and 9-year-old Alabama (with his former wife Shanna Moakler) — and how they became his inspiration and his impetus to survive.
He said of them, “It was hard for them to see the state I was in. They’d color in class and everyone is drawing pictures of their family or what they did in the weekend and Landon is drawing a picture of a plane crashing.”
He continued, adding, “It was definitely something that he was old enough to understand, you know?”
Travis Barker has not flown since the accident, using a tour bus and, for overseas tours, an ocean liner. As for flying again, he said in the interview, “I tell my children when you’re ready to fly I’m ready to fly.”
You can see photos of Travis Barker with his children as well as the full interview video below.
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